Rider quits Tour, team makes him race

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Costa Ri­can An­drey Amador de­cided to quit the Tour de France in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing, only to be “con­vinced” hours later by his Mo­vis­tar team to con­tinue. The 30-yearold team-mate of Tour con­tender Nairo Quin­tana took to so­cial me­dia in the night to an­nounce he would be pulling out of the race, but it seems his team hadn’t been con­sulted. “To­mor­row I’m putting an end to bear­ing this pain. Go on lads,” he wrote on Twit­ter, re­fer­ring to the pain he’s been suf­fer­ing in his knee since crashing on the sec­ond stage more than a week ago. “It’s dif­fi­cult but we’re leav­ing the Tour with a knee prob­lem,” he’d added on In­sta­gram. But he hadn’t told his team, who were stunned to dis­cover the news, yet lit­tle will­ing to ac­cept it. “I was also sur­prised to learn he was quit­ting,” Mo­vis­tar’s sports di­rec­tor Jose Luis Ar­ri­eta told AFP. “An­drey had said he was over­com­ing the pain, but he couldn’t and that he’d wo­ken up due to the fierce pain in his knee. “It might have been bad pos­ture, but then with treat­ment from the phys­ios and the os­teopath, he’s feel­ing bet­ter and is go­ing to see if things re­turn to nor­mal dur­ing the stage.” Ar­ri­esta in­sisted that “it wasn’t dif­fi­cult to con­vince him” to carry on. —AFP

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